The Dracula Dossier – Director’s Handbook

KS logo 3Four Generations of EDOM
For years, it has been a legend. Somewhere in the dusty archives of MI6 is the complete version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula — the unredacted version. The full story revealed clear pointers to the sources and methods the Service used in Operation EDOM, an 1893 mission that sent a bold agent deep into the Balkans to awaken and then terminate a very dangerous asset indeed.

But the termination didn’t take. In 1940, desperate to stop Hitler’s march through Europe, the Service reactivated EDOM, and reanimated their Transylvanian asset. Once more, they found they had bitten off more than they could chew, and in the chaos of wartime Romania they put him to sleep. Or so they thought.

In 1977, MI6 discovered that they weren’t the only players in this game. Their asset had left his own sleepers behind in Moscow and Romania — and in London — and inside MI6. The Service had to reopen EDOM, awaken Dracula again, to find his agents in their own ranks — or so they said. Perhaps that reawakening was the sleeper’s doing, too. Perhaps the Count never slept, not as the Service thought.

In 2011, looking for a terror great enough to fight terror, MI6 once more reached for EDOM. Once more, Dracula reached back. That’s how you found the EDOM case file: the Dracula Dossier.

Three Generations of Intel
The edition of Dracula you found is more than complete — it’s annotated. MI6 analysts and EDOM field men kept notes in the margins of their priceless copies of Stoker’s work, notes from 1940, from 1977, and from 2011. Notes collated into one master case file, a file that vanished in 2011. The file you found. This is the dossier you must decipher to find the secrets of EDOM, to reveal who betrayed the 1893 operation, to discover who in MI6 still serves Count Dracula today.

And then, you must follow those clues to end the story once and for all, to close EDOM forever. You must find, hunt, and kill Dracula, the king of the vampires.

Your Generation of Horror
The Dracula Dossier follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning Armitage Files campaign. Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, chasing down the real characters from Stoker’s novel, their descendants in the present, and the British agents caught in the backblast.

Combine these leads and notes with pre-prepared elements such as conspiracy nodes, eerie locations, and vampiric beasts. The dossier contains over 40 supporting characters in vampiric, heroic, or in-between versions. Different versions of the real Mina Harker, Abraham van Helsing, and the other stars of Stoker’s novel — and their modern-day successors, descendants, and survivors — can drive the story in any direction the players look.

Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in this book, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Clear advice to players and Directors on improvisation, with extensive examples and guidelines, helps you set the scene. Together, you will read and write your own unique version of the Dracula Dossier …

if you survive.

Status: Art Direction

26 Responses to “The Dracula Dossier – Director’s Handbook”

  1. This sounds very interesting. If it’s anywhere near the quality of the Armitage Files (and I’m sure it will be) it is another must buy. Damn you Pelgrane.

    • Gary Moore says:

      I agree with Andrew. Damn you Pelgrane indeed. Hurry up and finish development so I can buy it. An annoted copy of Dracula? Sounds like the ultimate in game artifact if its anything like the book of the smoke for bookhounds.

      • Mayank says:

        Merci Shabnam! Sans oublier l’excellente anaslye de la page 3: “Le de9veloppement des ve9hicules propres permettra d’acce9le9rer la croissance verte dont les fondements ont e9te9 pose9s par le Grenelle de l’environnement”.A suivre….CM

  2. Nathaniel says:

    Is there a general or specific launch date?

  3. Michael says:

    Any more news on when this may be released, put up for pre-order, or kickstarter, what have you? Regardless, looking forward to it! Thanks!

  4. François says:

    Very interesting, the book will contain connections with the Zalozhniy Quartet to play both campaigns back to back ?

    • Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan says:

      It wouldn’t so much be ‘back to back’ as ‘smashed together’, but yeah, there’ll be a few references and pointers to ZQ. You don’t need to have or be familiar with Zalozhniy Quartet to play the Dracula Dossier, but there are ways to link the two together.

  5. Martin Costello says:

    We’ve gone past the October 17th date listed for the Dracula Dossier crowdfunding campaign, any idea what the new date will be?

    • Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan says:

      We’re scrambling to get everything ready, but it’s a complex project and we want to show off as much as possible. Definitely before the end of the month. With luck, next week.

  6. Olivier R says:

    I am (not so) patiently waiting to put my hands on this…

  7. Scott says:

    Hopefully this Friday?

  8. Michael P says:

    I hope this friday too! Had a funny feeling the kickstarter might start on Oct 31! :) Can’t wait!

  9. Kenneth Hite says:

    The phone and Internet went out at Pelgrane HQ on Thursday, thus ruining Scott and Michael’s otherwise brilliant deduction and further delaying the DRACULA DOSSIER Kickstarter. I begin to suspect some shadowy, vampiric foe has set his child-brain against us. BUT WHO?

  10. PM says:

    Same here. Difficult to wait when teased with such a project :-)

  11. newbie says:

    Hi this game looks intereting but im kinda new to this kind of games. How’s the play style like and do i have to know the other games lore to enjoy this?

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  13. Chris says:

    Unfortunately, I was unable to jump in on the kickstarter campaign. Will you be doing a pre-order at some point?

    • Cat Tobin says:

      We’ll be making this available as a pre-order after the Kickstarter backers have received theirs in August.

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